The Jews are in the hands of the Syrian Greeks and were in big touble and needed some help.
Antiochus now has more control and power than he used to. The king also says that hellenized Jews must become high priests so they can pay for Antiochus’ invasion.
The king, Antiochus takes everything precious from the Beit Hamikdash, and the Jews are killed and the king says that you can no longer practice Judaism.
Matityahu sees his fellow Jews bringing Korbans to other Gods. He is very shocked and dissapointed, but most of all very furious. So he decides to start a rebellion with his sons, so he can shape the Jewish nation back together.
Matityahu, an excellent leader passes away. His son Yehuda is now in his place.
Somehow, Yehuda and his army destroys Gorgias' army and they go back to Yerusualiam and build up the walls and party for eight days.
Even though the Bnei yisrael had no food, they manged to fight and stay strong.
Eleazar, one of Matityahu's sons dies during a battle when he threw a spear into an elephant and the elephant fell on top of him and killed the brave man.
One of the greatest leaders of the Jewish people, Yehuda is killed in a battle. Jonathon is then going to take over for Yehuda.
The Greeks are sick and tired of battling and killing people. So they sign a peace treaty with Simon and are done with war.